Often cruises to Europe and the Mediterranean have been confused. In fact, even the terms have often been used interchangeably. The important thing to note is that Mediterranean cruises generally visit ports along the Mediterranean Sea, and itineraries can comprise either the Eastern or the Western Mediterranean.
The Eastern Mediterranean generally encompasses the area from Italy’s east coast to the Adriatic and the Greek Islands, and all the way to Turkey. Port stops on these cruises often include Athens, Venice and Istanbul.
Western Mediterranean Itineraries, on the other hand, often focus on ports in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Morocco, Monte Carlo, Malta and Croatia.